Achieving Replicability: Is There Life for Our Experiments After Publication?
|Parejo Maestre, José Antonio
Segura Rueda, Sergio
Ruiz Cortés, Antonio
|Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos
|Metaheuristics are algorithmic schemes that ease the derivation of novel algorithms to solve optimization problems. These algorithms are typically approximated and stochastic, leading to the preeminence of experimentation ...
Metaheuristics are algorithmic schemes that ease the derivation of novel algorithms to solve optimization problems. These algorithms are typically approximated and stochastic, leading to the preeminence of experimentation as the mean of supporting claims in research and applications. However, the huge number of variants and parameters of most metaheuristics, the ambiguity of natural language used in papers, and the lack of widely accepted reporting standards threatens the replicability of those experiments. This problem, that has been identified in the literature by several authors, significantly hinders the construction of a complete and cohesive body of knowledge on the behavior of metaheuristics. This paper proposes a set of minimum information guidelines for reporting metaheuristic experiments, and an experiment description language that supports the meeting of those guidelines. By using this language, metaheuristic optimization experiments are described in a toolindependent and unambiguous way, while maintaining readability and succinctness. Those contributions pave the way for replication using different problem instances and parameters, bringing a new life to metaheuristic experiments after publication.
|Parejo Maestre, J.A., Segura Rueda, S. y Ruiz Cortés, A. (2013). Achieving Replicability: Is There Life for Our Experiments After Publication?.